NordicTrack Commercial
VR PRO Exercise Bike
Review






This is a recumbent exercise bike. The NordicTrack Commercial VR PRO allows the user to exercise in an almost lying down or recumbent position. The padded seat has a lumbar support and the user operates the pedals with their legs stretched out in front of them.

The arrangement of the seat and pedals on this type of exercise bike puts less stress on the joints than an upright bike. This makes it ideally suited to people who are out of condition or who are recovering from an injury although all users will benefit from using it.

The bike has 32 challenging programs consisting of 16 calorie workouts and 16 performance workouts. Additionally there are 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from a button on the control console to help you burn more calories or tone up.

This exercise bike is iFIT compatible. Using Google Map technology the iFIT facility greatly enhances the workout experience. Train with Jillian Michaels, and receive workout downloads. This feature requires the iFIT module and a subscription to iFIT which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: Silent Magnetic Resistance braking, CardioGrip heart rate monitor, Polar wireless chest strap, back-lit display, workout cooling fan and a sound system with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers a Lifetime warranty on the frame and brake with 3 years parts and 1 year labor.

Here's a list of the main features:




... control console

The console houses the controls necessary for the operation of the bike including buttons to select the various workout programs (calorie or performance), resistance level selection, switch on the workout fan and adjust the volume of the audio speakers.

There is a further bank of buttons which can be used with the optional iFIT features for users that choose to purchase the optional iFIT module and subscribe to the iFIT service.

A back-lit display at the top of the console provides the user with feed back on their workout, while a fan at the bottom generates a  cooling air stream.

A 3.5 mm jack located on the control panel allows audio devices such as an iPOD or MP3 player to be hooked up to the in-built speakers.








... one-touch resistance

This exercise bike makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the bike's motion.

There are a total of 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.





... workout programs

The exercise bike has 32 built-in workout programs. Each workout has been designed by a certified personal trainer in order to help you get the most out of your workout session. These 32 workouts consist of 16 calorie workouts and 16 performance workouts.










... magnetic braking

Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking is used on this model. This system offers a frictionless, resistance braking which is very smooth in operation and allows the user to adjust the intensity of their workout without having to break the continuity of their workout.




... back lit display

A 7" back-lit display provides feedback. The screen has a wide viewing angle making it easy to keep an eye on all relevant workout data. The display provides information on the following parameters:

  • DISTANCE
  • PULSE
  • RESISTANCE
  • SPEED
  • TIME
  • CALORIES


There is also a "My Trail—" tab which shows a graphical representation of a 1/4 mile (400 m) race track.

As the user exercises, a flashing rectangle will show their progress. The "My Trail" tab will also show the number of laps completed.









... ergonomic pedals


This exercise bike is equipped with large pedals to fit any size of foot. These ergonomically designed pedals are also fitted with adjustable straps to hold your foot in place.




... adjustable seat

To ensure a good seating position during your workout the bike is fitted with an over size, padded seat with lumbar support. The seat is mounted on a rail and can be slid forward or back and then locked into position to ensure the optimum seating position for the user.








... heart rate monitor

The exercise bike is also equipped with a "CardioGrip" heart rate monitor. This helps you to make the most out of every workout by monitoring your heart rate with sensors that are built into the handlebars.

By monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you're always in the right training zone for your goals. This results in a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.




... polar chest strap

A "Polar" chest strap is included with the exercise bike. When worn this device sends information regarding the user's heart rate to the bike's computer via a wireless link.

The user benefits from having continual feedback on their heart rate presented on the display screen to ensure that they are training in their optimum heart rate zone.





... iFIT compatible

This equipment is iFIT compatible. In essence this is a wireless connection between the internet and the exercise bike. The iFIT feature allows you to experience trails by using Google map technology.

The iFIT feature also enables you to customize your own fitness program, receive automatic workout downloads, manage your profile online and even work out with Jillian Michaels!

It should be noted that this feature requires a home wireless internet connection, the iFIT module, and membership to iFIT which is sold separately.









... precision flywheel

An important component of any exercise bike is the flywheel. This model has a 23 lbs, inertia enhanced flywheel that has been designed to give a silky smooth operation. This will benefit the user with a much more natural, fluid feel when pedaling.





... cooling fan

Pedaling hard during your workout can leave you feeling hot and uncomfortable, but this exercise bike provides a solution with an integrated workout cooling fan.

The console mounted fan is operated from a button on the control panel and has two speed settings which can be selected for the optimum cooling  effect.









... iPOD connection

The user can plug in their iPOD, or MP3 player, into the 3.5 mm jack situated on the control panel using a suitable audio cable (not supplied).

The user is able to enjoy listening to their favorite music or an audio book through the speakers built into the control console rather than being constrained by a dangling, earphone cable.

Buttons on the control console allow the volume from the twin speakers to be adjusted to preference.





… warranty details

The NordicTrack Commercial VR PRO recumbent exercise bike is protected by a Lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, 3 years parts and 1 year labor.




Features:

  • Recumbent Seating Position
  • Step Thru Design
  • 32 Workout Programs
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • One Touch Resistance Controls
  • Adjustable Seat
  • Lumbar Support
  • Ergonomic Pedals with Straps
  • 3 Piece Crank
  • Back-Lit Display
  • RaceTrack Graphic
  • iFIT Compatible
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Polar Wireless Chest Strap
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • CoolAire Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels




Specifications:

  • Footprint: 70" L x 21.75" W x 54.5" H
  • Max User Weight: 350 lbs
  • Flywheel: 23 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame and Brake (Lifetime)

                         Parts (3 years)

                         Labor: (1 year)







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Had my VR PRO for a week now so here are my initial impressions.

Assembly was easy and took less than an hour with a little help.

Unit is solid and stable. Very comfortable even on long sessions. Computer provides many programs with easy adjustments.

Fan actually works to help in staying cool and you can hook up your MP3 player if you wish.

All in all well worth the money.









I ordered this bike with the white glove set up/delivery service and I am glad I did! They were able to assemble it in no time so I could enjoy it immediately.

The bike is very comfortable and strong and super quiet because of the heavier flywheel, which was one reason I chose it.

I also subscribed to the ifit program (the module came with the bike) and although it took some time to figure out how to get that to work it is great now that it is working.

I am enjoying the bike and I feel for the quality of the bike it was worth the price.








The Commercial VR PRO was easy to assemble and worked perfectly right away.

I like the smooth operation of the pedals. The workouts that come with this bike have enough variety to keep me from getting bored.

It's very nicely put together and there are no rattles or squeaks.








I've used a NordicTrack treadmill for two years and have been pleased with the performance.

When I decided to purchase a bike to add to my workouts, naturally I looked at Nordic Track first.

The machine was easy to assemble. The performance is smooth and comfortable.

I use both pieces of equipment on a daily basis and couldn't be happier with their performance and quality.